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Game Preview: Toronto Maple Leafs At Florida Panthers

The Toronto Maple Leafs are in Florida for their first of back-to-back games against the Florida Panthers and the Tampa Bay Lightning. Their recent record in Florida is not the greatest...

Joel Auerbach

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Toronto Maple Leafs
@ Florida Panthers

Monday, Feb 18, 2013, 7:30 PM EST
BB&T Center

Broadcast: 7:30pm Sportsnet Ontario

All Of The Maple Leafs Goals Against Florida In 2011-2012

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The Toronto Maple Leafs are on a five game losing streak against the Florida Panthers in Florida. They've actually lost seven of their last eight visits and most of them haven't been pretty from a defensive standpoint. The Panthers may have been a bad team for the past few seasons (I know, 'but the made the playoffs!') but they've had a worse team's number. The Leafs' chances will depend on getting continued strong goaltending from Ben Scrivens

GP MIN W L Most Resembles GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2012 - Ben Scrivens 7 376 3 3 A Physics TA 14 2.23 193 179 .927 1

GP MIN W L Hairline Insecurities GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2012 - Jose Theodore 11 616 4 5 Check 35 3.41 323 288 .892 0

Five Questions

  1. Will the Leafs allow fewer than five goals tonight? They allowed exactly five in all four losses to the Panthers last year.
  2. Will the Leafs' powerplay shooting percentage start ticking upwards? They Leafs are bottom of the barrel in PP% but middle of the pack in generating shots (as unlikely as that sounds) so will this game be the start of the two stats converging.
  3. Will Colton Orr remain on Nazem Kadri's wing? I love Orr's effort but he was a black hole on that line and it does an absolute disservice to two of the better Leafs at generating shots and chances
  4. Can the Leafs' penalty kill remain above 80%? It's still only 20th but it's been doing well recently. At least, it's less of a handicap.
  5. Will one of the Leafs' better offensive players start getting some breaks? Grabbo and Kessel could both use a few breaks if only to quiet the chattering classes a bit.

Lines and Pairings

Toronto Maple Leafs

James van Riemsdyk - Tyler Bozak - Phil Kessel

Leo Komarov - Mikhail Grabovski - Nikolai Kulemin

Clarke MacArthur - Nazem Kadri - Colton Orr

Frazer McLaren - Jay McClement - Mike Brown

Dion Phaneuf - Korbinian Holzer

John-Michael Liles - Mike Kostka

Cody Franson - Mark Fraser

Ben Scrivens

Jussi Rynnas

Florida Panthers

Jack Skille - Stephen Weiss - Shawn Matthias

Tomas Fleischmann - Marcel Goc - Tomas Kopecky

Peter Mueller - Jonathan Huberdeau - Drew Shore

Jerred Smithson - Alex Kovalev - George Parros

Filip Kuba - Mike Weaver

Dmitry Kulikov - Brian Campbell

Tyson Strachan - Erik Gudbranson

Jose Theodore

Scott Clemmensen